Khashoggi murder: Turkey orders arrest of senior Saudi officials

Elias Hubbard
December 6, 2018

Other Republicans who last week had opposed a resolution directing the president to halt US support of the Saudi war in Yemen now suggested they might change their position after hearing what Haspel had to say in the classified briefing.

A bipartisan group of USA senators in Congress have introduced a resolution that formally holds responsible Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as well as his role in Saudi atrocities committed during the war in Yemen. Supporters of the resolution, like Sen.

Graham had said that "there's a smoking saw" implicating MBS, adding that anyone who would deny his involvement at this point is "willfully blind".

United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday that an worldwide investigation was needed to determine who was responsible for the murder of Khashoggi. President Donald Trump has publicly disagreed with the CIA's findings and declined to punish Saudi Arabia beyond the sanctions against 17 men believed to have carried out the murder. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Ed Markey, D-Mass.; Todd Young, R-Ind.; and Chris Coons, D-Del.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was born in Saudi Arabia, was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey in October.

The bipartisan group of senators also wants the release of blogger Raif Badawi, women's rights activists and other political prisoners detained in Saudi Arabia.

The resolution would also hold bin Salman responsible for the ongoing Saudi-led war on Yemen, which has killed thousands of civilians and destroyed the impoverished country's infrastructure since its onset.

Republican Sen. Richard Shelby said he wouldn't rule out supporting the resolution this time when it comes up for a full vote.

Trump has repeatedly avoided any assertion that Prince Mohammed was involved in the October 2 killing and said the Central Intelligence Agency had "feelings" the royal was culpable but not a firm conviction.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told reporters the crown prince "ordered, monitored, the killing" of Khashoggi. He said finding a compromise will be hard because some lawmakers don't want to tie Yemen to the Khashoggi killing.

Saudi Arabia has said the prince had no prior knowledge of the murder.

The president has touted Saudi arms deals worth billions of dollars to the US and recently thanked Saudi Arabia for plunging oil prices.

"They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran", Trump said in the statement.

He said that Saudi Arabia disrespected its relationship with the United States and needs to fix it.

Ahmed said that it was no longer possible to unring the bell that removed Mohammed bin Nayef as Saudi heir presumptive in June 2017 and that November saw 11 rival princes and dozens of businessmen and officials kidnapped and placed in Riyadh's Ritz Carlton Hotel in what amounted to a coup d'etat of sorts.

The murder has damaged Riyadh's worldwide reputation and Western countries including the US, France and Canada have placed sanctions on almost 20 Saudi nationals. "After all, someone's got to do it".

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